As the inaugural National Home Security Month draws to a close and the darker evenings set in, security specialist Yale is urging people to be vigilant when it comes to home security.
Statistics show a 63 per cent increase in burglaries during the winter months, with a 26 per cent increase between Halloween and bonfire night as the combination of dark nights, noise and distractions provides the perfect cover for opportunistic burglars.
Building insurance claims have also been shown to increase by around 50% in November due to vandalism, highlighting the need to be more alert when it comes to keeping properties and belongings secure at this time of year.
David Herbert, head of marketing for Yale, said: “National Home Security Month was designed to highlight the ways people can keep their families, properties and belongings safe and secure during the darker autumn and winter evenings.
“The campaign may be over for another year, but that doesn’t mean home security should take a back seat.
“It’s more important than ever to be vigilant, especially now the clocks have changed, but people can reduce the risk of crime at this time of year by taking steps to ensure their homes and possessions are properly secured.”
National Home Security Month will be running again next year and will be even bigger and better than ever.
For more information, including advice on improving your home security, visit www.homesecuritymonth.com, ‘like’/NHSM13 on Facebook or follow @NHSM13 on Twitter.
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